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Hong Kong for Kids – Itinerary

Just about a month ago, we decided to bring our kids, yes, all 3 of them, to Hong Kong for a quick get away.  They are aged 4months, 2yo and 4yo. Many of my friends have since asked for my itinerary as they have kids of similar ages. So I thought might as well record it here 🙂 (We also give some tips for travelling to Hong Kong with kids. You can read about it HERE)

Day 1: Our flight arrived at Hong Kong at about 2. We reached our hotel at Tsim Sha Tsui (Holiday Inn Golden Mile) at about 4pm. We rested for a while until about 5:30pm. We had planned to stay near the Harbour so we can watch the symphony of lights show at the Harbour and also take the ferry to Hong Kong Island. So that’s what we did. We took a ferry to the other side for dinner. We hung out at the harbour for a while later on. We bought ice cream and sat around listening to the many buskers performing. They were pretty good!


Day 2: Ocean Park! It opens only at 10am and was only 2 MTR stops away from our hotel so we had a slow morning and arrived there at 10am. We basically spent the whole day there. There are kiddy rides suitable for the toddlers but there were a lot of adult rides as well. The kids also enjoyed looking at the penguins and seals. There were many shows but we only managed to catch the dolphin one. You have to try the ocean express and the cable car ride too! They are free of charge.


Day 3: We met my Aunty who resides in Hong Kong for a timsum brunch. After that we had intended to take the tram up to The Peak. However the queue was SUPER long! So we took a cab up instead. It was only about 70 HKD. There was the Wax Museum and a Trick-eye museum up there but we didn’t go to either as our kids would not know how to appreciate yet. So we just hung around, got an ice cream at haagen daaz, went to the sky terrace, played at a make shift bouncy castle, and took the tram down. In the evening, we caught the symphony of lights at the harbour.


Day 4: Disneyland! Similar to Ocean Park, the park opens at 10am. We checked out of our hotel, went to Disneyland Hotel in a cab (150hkd), deposited our luggage, and headed straight to Disneyland in the shuttle bus provided by the hotel! We stayed at the park until after the fireworks were over before going back.


Day 5: Repeat. We only covered half of Disneyland the previous day as the kids wanted to go on each ride multiple times. So glad we bought the 2-day pass. We were at Disneyland from 10am to 9pm this time and we hung around in the shop to choose our souvenir after the daily 8pm fireworks.


Day 6: Breakfast at the Enchanted Garden with the Disney Characters!! Thereafter we just hung out around at the hotel, playing in the maze and running around in the lobby and bumping into Goofy at the lobby, before heading to the airport to check out. It was a pity that the indoor swimming pool was closed. We had wanted to bring our 4 month old there to play.


That’s it! 🙂 Just for more info, we took Cathay flights as there was this promotion with Maybank Credit Cards at the time of purchase. So for the 6 of us, the total was only $1.3k instead of 1.8k if we had chosen SQ instead.  If you are planning a 5 day trip instead, I would suggest to skip The Peak. The tram ride is fun, but it is a relatively short ride. For a 4 day trip, just head straight to Disneyland 🙂

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Bangkok With Kids

Our holidays now are centered around our kids aged 1 and 3. If a place does not have anything for the kids to do, it is not an option for us. We have been to Bangkok many years back before kids and done the usual. Shop, and eat. Bangkok air tickets are so cheap, ($200+ per pax on SQ!) but, is there anything for the kids? Well, we found out that there were so many activities for the children in Bangkok that our 5 day 4 night trip was much too short!

On where we decided to stay, you can read our post on the kids-friendly hotel.

We read up a lot before deciding that Bangkok was going to be our June holiday destination. Here is our itinerary in the end. Remember that our kids are aged 1 and 3. So we need to find places that are suitable for them.
Day 1: Arrive at 4+pm at Bangkok, settle in hotel, go nearby for dinner.
Day 2: SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
Day 3: Safari World
Day 4: Dream World
Day 5: Hang out in hotel, check out, catch 3pm flight home.

Day 1:

Daddy and Mummy were really tired. So we just headed downstairs (Yes! Downstairs!) to Platinum mall to look for some place we can have dinner at. After dinner, we let the kids play in the room to get used to the environment before putting them to sleep.

Day 2:

After breakfast at our hotel, we approached our hotel’s day tour booth to check out the tour packages for the places we are intending to go for. Remember that even if you just buy tickets only, it is cheaper to get them from a tour agency. (Just like USS in Singapore. Agency is cheaper than buying at the door) And you can even bargain if you buy more packages with them. In the picture are the prices at the door. We bought the super package, minus the pepsi and popcorn for about 850baht per person. It was free for those under 3yo so we only had to pay for 3.

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This place is a must go for families with young kids like ours. The kids really love it. My son has been to the SEA aquarium twice. But he still enjoyed himself.

This is the Ocean feeding boat which is what is different from our SEA aquarium. The kids loved it that they could see fishes swimming underneath.

Somewhere in the middle of the Ocean World was a little playground much to the delight of Korkor. He practically ran to it, removed his shoes and started playing, without asking permission!!! Grr… Of course, meimei followed suit and the adults took a little break from walking.

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SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World is located at the Basement level of Siam Centre and it is VERY convenient. You would only take about 2 hours at the Ocean World, so you can spend some time having lunch at Siam area and even do some shopping there too.

Day 3:

For the Safari World we decided to take up the tour package. Safari World is made up of 2 sections. The safari portion and the Zoo portion. The zoo portion is relatively much like our Singapore zoo. The safari portion is a very small section with cars taking about 30 minutes to drive through the entire thing. You can hire a cab to bring you to the safari world, pay for the entrance fees, and change to a safari car to drive you through while your cab waits for you, then take your cab back after 30 minutes. The cab fare would cost about 1500baht for the entire trip, plus the time spent waiting for you. We figured that taking the entire tour was more cost efficient so we did. Each person was about 1500 baht including transport to and fro and within the safari, and also inclusive of lunch. Meimei was free as usual.

We spent the first half of the day catching the shows. The shows were all scheduled so that you can catch all of them. And everyone basically moves from one show to another. Our tour guide was pretty redundant. There was the Orang Utan Muay Thai show, Sealion show and the Elephant show. Lunch was then at an air-con place (Thank God for that!) and it was a sumptious buffet lunch! Love the Som Tam there 🙂 After lunch you have the option of paying extra to go for their River Safari boat ride that we did not take up. It was a good chance for us to rest.

It was really very hot. We spent some time at an ice cream cafe which had Lemurs in it and also took pictures as a family with 8 month old baby tigers. The itger sat on daddy’s lap!

Later on we gathered at about 3pm for the Safari ride. We had waiting one whole day for that short 30 minutes of drive through. The zebras do come pretty close to the vehicle. Other than that the animals are not that close.The kids enjoyed themselves thoroughly though.

Day 4:

For Dreamworld we decided to cab there ourselves but pre-bought the entrance tickets so it would be cheaper. The tickets include buffet lunch too and as usual my favourite dish was the Papaya Salad Som Tam. The tickets+lunch cost about 850 baht each. Meimei was free!

We let our 3yo try on rides for the first time. He loved them! It was a great idea to go on a weekday. The queues were almost non existent. Sometimes we could even take a ride twice in a row!

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There was an animal feeding section that we had to pay extra for. It was about 150 baht to enter and extra to buy the foods. There were rabbits as well that you could go into their pen to feed them. I was too excited that the kids loved  it that I forgot to snap some photos! The milk bottles were for the baby pigs, and the carrots and long leaves were for the rabbits, cows and goats. It was a very good learning experience for the kids.

Here were some other rides that daddy and korkor took respectively. There were many rides that Korkor couldn’t take as he was too short, so we will go again next time!

Day 5:

We lazed around in the hotel today. Went to have some fun at the indoor playground in the hotel. We were glad that we managed to have fun and yet relax at the same time.

If we were to change anything, we would have shifted safari world to the 2nd day, so we have a gentler 3rd day at Ocean world.

This is a list of some other places that we considered.

  1. Kidzania – More suitable for older kids, maybe at least 4 years old?
  2. Imaginia Playland
  3. Funtasia (Water Lagoon and Amusement Park) – We nearly went for this too. If only we had 1 more day!
  4. Children’s Discovery Museum
  5. Bounce Park

Hope you managed to find what you were looking for! 🙂 Bangkok is a place for kids! We did NO shopping at all this trip (boo!) But the kids had fun and that is what is most important. Objective met! 🙂

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A Trip to Phuket – Holiday Inn Mai Khao

As the baby neared 2 years old, we wanted to bring him for a holiday that he would enjoy instead of somewhere where we would enjoy (ie shopping, eating). We searched online for many ideas, spoke to many mummy/daddy friends, coupled with the discount that Silkair was offering, we finally decided on the destination. Phuket. Not Patong beach though, but somewhere quieter with few people on the beach. It was also a plus point that the flight would take less than 2 hours. So Phuket, off we went!

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When we reached the hotel which was about 20-30mins drive from the airport, we were greeted pleasantly by their staff there. They even gave a little toy to Riley as a welcome gift. The adults got a drinks apparently made from flowers. We were briefed on all the things we could do at the resort. The resort was on large land space but only about 3 storeys high. We were then brought to our room by the porter.

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This is our room! We took a pool access room. Once we opened the curtains and Riley saw the pool, he literally wanted to jump in. It was a good thing that there was a shallow portion of it maybe meant for kids to play or for adults to lounge in. Note though, this is not a private pool. It is linked to adjacent rooms. However, less people (practically none) swim in it as compared to the main pool. Reason? The water was SUPER cold! Riley would still insist he goes in there at least once a day though. He would be happy just sitting on the first step and splashing at the COLD water. Next time we come to this hotel, we would choose a garden access one instead, which is closer to the main pool and beach. And so we do not have to be in the cold water with him. (hee…) The hotel room is not carpeted. Pros is that it is clean and not sandy. Cons is it can be slippery with water. So we had to make sure the floor is always kept dry for the toddler.

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There is no bath tub for the bath room. However, there is a large shower area with a rain shower and the toilet bowl is in a separate room. Here, you can also see how the pools of the pool access rooms link to each other. They do not link to the main pool.

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This is the main pool which is next to the beach. The front part of the photo shows the large, shallow toddlers area which is a gradual slope from 0m to 0.50m. Further back is the deeper pool which is at the maximum 1.40m deep. Many older children swim there too. There is a small pool bar by the side that serves 1-for-1 drinks from 5-7pm everyday. Even drinks like coke and smoothies are 1-for-1! Needless to say, we spent quite a lot of our time in this pool. In the late mornings, the sun comes into the toddlers pool area which makes it warm for the kids. However, just remember to put on sunblock for both the kids and the parents. If you want a cooler and shaded area, the adult pool is partly in the shade. There are shallow areas there for kids play too but you have to keep a close watch as the shallow portion could dip into the 1.40m depth.

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Next up is the beach! The good thing about this hotel is that the beach connects right to the hotel! From our room which I consider it far from the beach, is about 3-5 mins walk. From the main swimming pool, it is about 1 min walk? This photo was taken at about 9-10am in the morning. As you can see, there are shaded portions of the beach and we were really thankful for that! Number of people is really little as well, most of which are families with little children. The sand is very clean with no litter at all. And water is very clear. In case you didn’t bring your own, you can borrow a beach mat from the counter that you get the pool towels from. One thing to note though is that there is dip in the water and it is especially close to shore when it is the low tide. (By the way, in this pic, it is low tide, with high tide at about 11-12nn) The dip is from legs-waist height to about shoulder height. Got to watch out for kids wading in.

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This is the restaurant where we had our breakfast which was included in the hotel booking. It had an attached kids room that was only open for the kids for breakfast. The kids also had their own spread of food. However, this portion was often infested with ants and flies, so we would take the food for Riley from the adult buffet. He enjoyed the little tables and chairs though, with the colourful utensils. He insisted that daddy and mummy sit at his table with him but the restaurant has a rule that only one adult can be inside with one kid. So we had no choice but to take turns to keep him company. There are 2 restaurants in the hotel. This, and another one next to the pool called Pesto. Both serve similar foods. Kids menu is exactly the same. However, Pesto focussed more on pasta and pizza and this one, called the J’s Restaurant had more local foods. Both places served pasta but the one at Pesto was much yummier. Kid’s meals are free with every adult main course ordered at the J’s restaurant. This offer does not apply at the Pesto. However, there is a live singer/band that entertains from 6pm every evening. There, you can see the beautiful sunset too. There is a nightly buffet dinner at the J’s restaurant. But if you do not like their buffet, you can always order ala-carte. Ala-carte prices are average about $15SGD. Bills can be charged to your room and paid with credit card later on. So you can go cashless your entire stay. But too bad we didn’t know about this so we hadd to use up our baht.

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This is the Kids’ Club at the hotel, located next to the spa. (By the way, we didn’t visit the spa at all. Bookings are usually full for the day, so it would be good to make bookings for any spa service at least 1 day in advance) We spent a lot of time at the Kids’ Club too. This was part of the reason why we chose this hotel. It is full of places to entertain the kids. At the Kids’ Club, they hold planned activities everyday. Some examples are face painting, balloon making, etc. And these are free! You can also pay for some activities like the batik painting. You can literally spend the whole day there. Even without the planned activities, kids are entertained by colouring, reading, ball pit, slide, other toys by the side (eg. blocks, doll-house, wooden tool box, etc), Electronic games like Wii, watching Cartoon network on TV etc. Parents can leave their kids there the entire day if they are above 4 to be cared for by the staff.

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Our typical day at the hotel is like this. 8am breakfast, 9am beach, 10am pool, 11am shower and rest, 12nn lunch, 1pm nap and rest in room, 4pm Kids’ Club, 6pm dinner, 7pm Kids’ Club again, 8pm Sleep. For late sleepers, there is twice a week where they will screen movies outdoors in the garden. Take note to bring your mosquito patches/repellents though, if you intend to be outdoors when it is dark.

Overall we enjoyed our stay there. We were there 5 days 4 nights and we never took a step out of the hotel. If you intend to do day tours and shopping, it would be better to stay at Patong beach area and not Mai Khao area. if your intention is to have a relaxing and exclusive holiday and want to stay at the hotel, this is the one to go for. That explains why most people there are families with young children. By the way, we were trying very hard to find out if there was aiport tax to be paid when we depart but couldn’t get the answer anywhere. The answer is, there isn’t! The hotel also provides shuttle bus service to Patong area. You will have to pay for it but it is cheaper than taking a cab. Journey takes about 1 hour. Do comment if you want to know more about the place. I will try my best to answer the questions. 🙂

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Staycation – Goodwood Park Hotel

Because my brother-in-law was getting married there, We took the chance to have a staycation as the daddy would be busy helping out and we wanted to be nearby and it was good also because the kids would be able to be put to bed as fast as possible after the wedding dinner.

It was just a one night staycation without much time to spend using the hotel facilities. We checked in at the usual 2pm.

The room was not very big, but it was classy and clean. We asked for a cot for our 1.5 year old and got a playpen instead. It worked just as well 🙂

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The bathroom was very posh and spacious. With marble finishings.

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This is the small side table that we had. The view from the window was the swimming pool.

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The bub immediately took his nap. Tip: We always bring his personal pillow along for trips to make him feel more “at home”. He doesn’t have a “chou chou” so I guess this doubles up as it.

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When he was up, he got to play in the tub. He loved it so much that he requested to play in it again the next day before we checked out. Tip: Bring your bubble bath along, and CUPS! 🙂

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We then had to head for the wedding dinner at the Min Jiang Restaurant.

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This was my boy all dressed up in his best for his uncle’s wedding!

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And my hubby, being the brother of the groom was the emcee for the night.

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My takeaway was this really nice family photo we took with us all dressed up (as we seldom do). Can’t tell that I’m about 7 months pregnant then right? 🙂

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For more information and to make reservations, please visit their website here.